Protesters supporting Kurdish people in Syria stormed the Tweede Kamer, the Dutch Parliament’s House of Representatives, speaking out against the fall of Kobani in northern Syria. Demonstrators are calling for the Netherlands to take stronger actions against ISIS.
Two teams of two Netherlands military F-16 fighter jets took part in missions over Iraq this past weekend. It marks the first Dutch mission in the country's involvement in an international fight against ISIS, the separatist movement and rogue army fighting in Syria and Iraq.
Fighting against the advance of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is akin to battling back the Germans during the second World War, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte told reporters Friday. “We must defend our core values tooth and nail if necessary,” he said after a meeting with the cabinet. “That was true then, and it is true now.”
The last five Dutch F-16's that will be participating in the mission against the terrorist organization Islamic State (ISIS), is on their way to Jordan, Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert (Defense) said today.
The six dutch F-16 fighter aircraft that will bombard targets of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq, will fly a total of 600 hours per month during the mission.
The Dutch contribution to the fight against the terrorist organization Islamic State (ISIS) will stop when ISIS's advance has been halted. The Cabinet expects this to take a maximum of 12 months.
The Dutch Parliament will meet today to discuss the country's military contribution to the international struggle against ISIS, which is supported by a large majority of House Representatives, Het Parool reports.
During a briefing on the Dutch participation in the fight against ISIS it emerged that the Netherlands actually has no money for attacking ISIS in Iraq.
Police on Tuesday arrested a 21-year-old man from his home in The Hague on suspicion of taking part in terrorist training camps. The arrest comes as part of a large-scale investigation into jihadi activity in the Netherlands, during which 49 people identified as suspected jihadists have had their passports withdrawn and several arrest warrants issued.
Chief of Defense Tom Middendorp said to the Second Chamber on Monday that the risk to Dutch soldiers participating in the mission in Iraq is limited.
The Dutch government withdrew the passports of 49 people identified as suspected jihadists, Minister of Justice Ivo Opstelten said. Speaking on television show WNL, Opstelten said 41 of those were believed to be planning to fight in Syria or Iraq, while the other eight had their passports invalidated to prevent them from re-entering the Netherlands.
According to Minister of Security and Justice Ivo Opstelten people should continue living a normal life despite the terror threats.
At the United Nations General Assembly in New York Thursday, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that the tragedy of MH17 is felt throughout the country, and that The Netherlands will not rest until there is justice, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.
At the UN Security Summit in New York on Wednesday, Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that the UN sanctions against jihadis are very important, and that The Netherlands supports them, but that the Dutch effort only extends to Iraq, not Syria, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.
In a surprise decision by the Concil of Ministers, the Netherlands has committed military personnel to the international fight against Islamic State (ISIS). In a press conference early Wednesday evening, Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher and Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis announced that the Netherlands will deploy six F-16s for air strikes only in Iraq, another two F-16s to be used as backups, in addition to sending a military defence team of 250 soldiers. The Netherlands will not take part in military missions in Syria.
The Cabinet wants to send F-16 fighter planes to the Middle East to help in the fight against Islamic State (ISIS).
Minister Frans Timmermans has announced that The Netherlands will be prepared to offer heavy military equipment to America's fight against IS. Timmermans emphasizes that there needs to be a direct request for this from the Americans, as well as a concrete plan, de Volkskrant reports.
The Cabinet is in discussions with the United States about how the Netherlands can contribute to the international coalition in the fight against the terrorist movement Islamic State (IS).
The United State has deemed The Netherlands unfit to address the threat of the Islamic State (IS) in a powerful enough manner. Because of the country's hesitation to contribute heavy weaponry, The Netherlands will not be part of the so-called coalition of the willing, in which nine allies are joining forces in the fight against IS, De Volkskrant reports.
Anti-IS demonstrators will gather together on Sunday to protest the violent acts perpetrated by the extremist Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq. The protest will be on Amsterdam's Dam Square, and anybody is welcome to join, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.
Mayor Eberhard van der Laan continues to explore how Amsterdam and other municipalities can provide shelter for asylum seekers. Van der Laan and Secretary of Justice, Fred Teeven, discussed this topic on Monday morning.
On Friday, the Cabinet will discuss further measures to be taken in the mission to diffuse radicalization among youths in The Netherlands. The aim is to prevent youths choosing the side of radical Islam, Het Parool reports.
The Netherlands will not send heavy weapons or ground troops to Iraq's Kurdish fighters. In their fight against IS, the Kurdish troops will at most receive bulletproof vests or other light military material from The Netherlands, De Volkskrant reports.
Kurdish organizations fear a rise in the number of Dutch Kurds traveling to Iraq to fight against jihadist insurgents there. This makes the number of Dutch nationals fighting against each other for different allegiances greater, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.